In 1989, a baby was left by his mother in a dumpster. Crying, with minor injuries, and probably famished. He was rescued by a passerby and was sent to the hospital to be treated. Then was sent to foster care. Thirteen days later, at the age of two, this baby was adopted by Nathan and Betty Figgers. His adoptive parents named him Freddie Figgers.
According to the reports, because he was found in a dumpster, Freddie has developed a rash that lasted for 16 years. This, and add up with his classmates calling him “Dumpster Baby” or “baby in the trash” – it wasn’t easy.
“It’s a rural area, so after it happened, everybody heard about it. My parents told me the truth about what happened as I grew older. I thought about it a lot as a kid, and I’d have to say it was embarrassing when I was younger”– Freddie explains
Freddie Figger’s turning point started when he was 9 years old while his father was working as a maintenance worker at Florida State University. His father bought a broken Macintosh computer at a price of $25.
His father brought this broken machine at home and placed it on the table. He then asked Freddie to fix it. The latter ended up enjoying what he was doing.
Freddie, re-assembled the old machine many times and started noticing something. He found out that he can reconnect to the computer some parts from an old radio.
At the age of 13, Freddie was hired by the Quincy City government as a computer technician. Then 2 years after, Freddie founded his own company called “Figgers Computers”.
When Freddie turned 17, Freddie’s business started to boom. He already has 150 customers who’re looking for a website and space storage.
When Freddie was 23 years old, it became the biggest break for him. And he could not have done it better without his foster father.
He invented a special kind of GPS tracker for his father who was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. This gadget was called the “smart shoe”, a GPS tracker with two-way communication shoes. This is to make sure that he can track his father’s whereabouts and talk with him at the same time.
This GPS tracker made him a big fortune when Freddie sold his GPS tracker software to a Kansas company for $2.2M.
Two years later, 2014, when Freddie’s father died, he already made a fortune and so he founded “Figger’s Communications”.
“It’s really sad to see my father getting weaker. I have always been very grateful to him and his mother. They taught me not to let the environment determine my identity.“– Freddie Figgers
This inspiring story does not teach us only to persevere to pursue our dreams, be innovative, and loving. It also teaches us to open our eyes and see what can we do to help those who are in need.
via Oriental Daily